My daughter is learning 4-step sequencing in kindergarten. Her most recent drawing was the 4-step sequence of a pumpkin. She drew a small pumpkin plant first, followed by a pumpkin vine, then she drew a flower on a vine and finally, the pumpkin. The pumpkin is the end result and, well, I want to be the pumpkin.
When I say that performance is good but it can be better; I am told that my expectations are too high. When I am express frustration, I am reminded that the grass is greener on the other side. If I didn’t set my expectations high, who would? As for the grass, I wouldn’t know because I am not looking. I enjoy what I do and consider myself lucky to work with the people I do. I don’t want anything more than to lead a staff that enjoys coming to work each and every day, feels challenged and has the courage to step up to that challenge.
Now, if I felt in my heart of hearts that this is as good as it would get, I would have to look elsewhere for fear of dying on the vine. I have got to learn and grow, it is such a part of who I am. I am going to be the pumpkin and when I get there, I hope to look around and see a field full of pumpkins around me.
If not for the pumpkin, where would Cinderella be now?